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Death, Religion, and the Family in England, 1480–1750

Ralph Houlbrooke

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9780198208761
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191678134 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208761.001.0001

Series: Oxford Studies in Social History

Death, Religion, and the Family in England,
                        1480–1750

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The interest and importance of the social history of death have been increasingly recognized during the last thirty years. This book examines the effects of religious change on the English ‘way of death’ between 1480 and 1750. It discusses relatively neglected aspects of the subject, such as the deathbed, will making, and the last rites. It also examines the rich variety of commemorative media and practices and describes the development of the English funeral sermon between the late Middle Ages and the 18th century. The book shows how the need of the living to remember the dead remained important throughout the later medieval and early modern periods, even though its justification and means of expression changed.

Keywords: social history; death; deathbed; will making; last rites; funeral sermon

Book.  452 pages. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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Introduction in Death, Religion, and the Family in England, 1480–1750

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The Face of Death in Death, Religion, and the Family in England, 1480–1750

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The Hereafter in Death, Religion, and the Family in England, 1480–1750

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Preparation for Death in Death, Religion, and the Family in England, 1480–1750

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The Making of Wills in Death, Religion, and the Family in England, 1480–1750

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Last Wills and Testaments: Form and Contents in Death, Religion, and the Family in England, 1480–1750

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Last Rites and the Craft of Dying in Death, Religion, and the Family in England, 1480–1750

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Good Deaths and Bad in Death, Religion, and the Family in England, 1480–1750

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Grief and Mourning in Death, Religion, and the Family in England, 1480–1750

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Funerals in Death, Religion, and the Family in England, 1480–1750

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